Written by Michael V. Lauro, Jr. Michael V. Lauro, Jr.
Last Updated: November 27, 2016 November 27, 2016
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Official Responses

Our Family Coalition

Family Equality Council (

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU /

Lambda Legal (

National LGBTQ Task Force (

GLAD Legal Advocates and Defender for the LGBT Community (GLAD /

Transgender Law Center (TLC /

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR /

National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE /

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC /

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF /

Freedom to Marry (

Positive Outlooks

We hope that the new administration can and will grow in their knowledge and understanding of LGBT human rights.  As history has proven time and again, our community grows stronger in moments of challenge. (

Why We Shouldn't Worry About Our Marriages (NCLR)

There is no realistic possibility that anyone’s marriage will be invalidated. The law is very strong that if a marriage is valid when entered, it cannot be invalidated by any subsequent change in the law. So people who are already married should not be concerned that their marriages can be taken away. To the contrary, it is important that they continue to live their lives as married couples. Looking forward for individuals who are not currently married but who may wish to marry in the future, we also think it is highly unlikely that the fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry will be challenged or that the Supreme Court would revisit its 2015 holding that same-sex couples have that fundamental right. The doctrine of stare decisis—which means that courts generally will respect and follow their own prior rulings—is also very strong, and the Supreme Court very rarely overturns an important constitutional ruling so soon after issuing it. In addition, while the new administration is very conservative, neither Donald Trump nor anyone associated with his campaign has indicated any intention to try to turn back the clock on the freedom to marry, and the great majority of Americans now strongly support marriage equality. (NCLR)

Welcome to the Resistance. (GLAD)

Our community has faced challenging times before. But we know how to fight. We’ve heard from many of you over the last few days who are understandably feeling shock, grief, and uncertainty...But we’re also hearing incredible statements of resilience and resolve.

We’re committed to protecting the civil rights that our constitution promises all of us. We have experience and resources to share and we will do everything we can to prevent a new administration from reversing hard-won gains. Even though we are in a very different political world, and there will be challenges ahead, bedrock nondiscrimination laws remain and the federal and state courts are open to all of us. GLAD will ensure the robust enforcement of those laws and will fight to protect the community when those laws are broken.

And we know you’re with us in the fight. Together, we’re resisting and rejecting homophobia, transphobia, racism, xenophobia, and misogyny, and we’re ready to move forward as one justice movement.